Did you know that by having curtains in your house you can save money? Well, you can. Curtains are fantastic for preventing cold air to enter the room from your window during the cold winter months. In addition, they are good for the environment. Let me tell you how it works.
Keeping the cold out
It is a scientific fact that warm air tends to move from warm areas to cold areas. This means that when you have the heating on the warm energy will be sucked towards the colder areas of the house, which is usually the windows, and thus it goes outside rather than warming your room up. Because of this your house can become very cold and you will pay more money and not feel the benefits of it.
How the curtains can help
By closing your curtains in the whole house as soon as it gets dark you can help keep the cold out and the warmth in. What happens is that an air pocket is created between the windows and the curtains and the curtains effectively form a barrier between cold and warm air. So if the warm air from your heating cannot come into contact with the cold air from the window you won’t lose the warmth in your house.
Environmental and financial benefits
By using the curtains as a means to get your house warmer you are being friendlier to the environment as you are not spending as much energy on warming up the house as you would with open or no curtains. In addition, your energy bills will be much lower and you can save the money that would otherwise have gone to waste.
If you already have blinds in your windows adding curtains will be a much more effective way to shut the cold air out. You can still keep your blind if you like and it’s easy to fit the curtain to the same window. If the sun is shining make sure that you open your curtains and blinds to let the heat from the sun come in to the room. As soon as dusk sets in be sure to close them again to retain that heat that you have just gained, and you might not even need to put your heating on for very long. As well has putting all this into practice, ensure your attic is properly insulated and that you have double glazed windows as this will help reduce your energy bills even more.
Andy Burrows is enthusiastic about any environmental issues and loves sharing tips on how you can improve your home while staying environmentally friendly. If you need to get some cheap curtains to help your house stay warmer Andy recommends Yorkshire Linen’s excellent quality.